Part-Time Program

The part-time program at CSU|LAW is formatted so that students complete their foundational 1L courses over their first four semesters.

CSU|LAW offers two part-time program options: part-time day and online part-time evening. The admissions selection process and standards are the same for all applicants, regardless of which program option they are pursuing. An applicant’s selection of our part-time or full-time program options will not affect the admission decision. 

CSU|LAW was founded 125 years ago as a part-time program specifically for non-traditional students. Our part-time program is designed to ensure that students get the same excellent education and supportive experience offered to full-time students. 

NEW! Online Part-time Evening Program

Starting with the Fall 2023 entering class, the part-time evening program will be offered as an online program, which means the following:

  • All classes in the evening part-time program will be taught remotely in the first year. In-person classes will not be included in the regular weekly schedule.
  • After the first year, students will continue to have some remote classes and can choose to take some courses in person or continue to take all courses remotely. Students can complete the entire degree through remote coursework.
  • In addition to remote coursework, students in the part-time evening program will attend six in-person experiences over the course of their enrollment at CSU|LAW. These experiences, held over long weekends, will be fantastic opportunities for students to meet their fellow classmates and faculty, network with leading judges and attorneys, and develop critical lawyering skills.

Students enrolled in our part-time evening program will have access to all of the services and opportunities available to all students.

Part-time Day Schedule

Day courses are generally scheduled from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00am to noon on Friday. 

Part-time Day and Evening First Year*

Fall
Semester
Semester
Hours
Spring
Semester
Semester
Hours
Legislation/Regulation 4
Contracts (evening students) /
Civil Procedure (day students)
4
Torts 4 Legal Writing 3
Legal Writing 3 Criminal Law 3
Total Hours 11 Total Hours 10

 

Part-time Day and Evening Second Year*

Fall
Semester
Semester
Hours
Spring
Semester
Semester
Hours
Contracts (day students) /
Civil Procedure (evening students)
4 Property 4
Constitutional Law 2.5 Constitutional Law 2.5
Elective course(s) 1-5 Elective course(s) 1-5
Total Hours 7-12 Total Hours 7-12

 

*Part-time students must commit to the course load outlined above. Under no circumstances can a part-time student take fewer credits during their first two years of legal study.

Part-time students are awarded a Juris Doctor degree upon satisfactory completion of 90 credit hours during a minimum of four academic years. You must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average to receive the JD degree.

The JD program at CSU College of Law is rigorous yet flexible, with full-time and part-time opportunities to address the needs and expectations of a diverse student population. Students completing their first year of part-time study may elect to complete subsequent semesters on a full-time or part-time (day and/or evening) basis.


Questions? Please contact our Office of Admission.

Phone: 216.687.2304 or 866.687.2340 (toll free)

Email: law.admissionsnull@csuohio.nulledu

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